art along the north shore

the arts along the north shore

Throughout the ages the North Shore has inspired a diverse group of artists. Remnants of Dakota and Ojibwe beadwork, weavings and pictographs reveal age-old interpretations of living with this land. Ethnic songs, dances, and rituals were and are imparted to each new generation.

It is the receptiveness of each generation that has allowed the continuation and growth of arts. Explore the galleries, studios, shops, performances and events offered by North Shore artisans.

Museums, art galleries, studios and performing art centers are noted below and can be sorted by community.

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mile 18.2

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47 degrees is the average temperature and the latitude of Knife River, MN. Locally made gifts and art including Lake Superior beach stone jewelry, paintings, photography, and more. Hours :: Friday , Saturday & Sunday from 10-5

243 Riverview St | Knife River
218-590-4532
mile 20.0

First time visitors are often surprised when they enter the gallery.  From the outside you see a very rustic, board-and-batten barn with a blue metal roof.  Inside, however, you are greeted with light walls, a timber frame, and elegant pieces of art throughout. Seasonal hours :: Summer,  Thursday - Monday,  1-5pm Spring & Fall,  Friday - Sunday, 1-5pm Winter, by appointment

443 Scenic Drive | Two Harbors
218-834-5183
mile 21.1

Located in a Norwegian Stabbur building, this unique gift shop specializes in Scandinavian and European imports plus silver jewelry designed and created by Brad E. Nelson.

583 North Shore Scenic Drive | Two Harbors
218-834-4188
mile 26.1

Known for being “In and around the lake,” Dalbec specializes in wave and water photography as well as drone work. Website is always active. Home studio is open by request. Follow along on Facebook: Christian Dalbec Photography

302 South Ave | Two Harbors
218-391-7560
mile 26.5

High quality plaques and custom tables in solid domestic hardwoods. Custom-made, hand-routed, no lake is too big or too small.

130 South Avenue | Two Harbors
218-590-6081
mile 28.7

The pots I make are sturdy, bold, and reflect the processes of making them. Simple decoration enhances the rich surface created by long wood fires. The traces of the artist's hand is both an antidote and protest to increasing uniformity. Impressions made in the soft clay reveal my tie to the work and to the landscape where it is made. Showroom is open daily, 10am - 5pm.

2046 Fors Road | Two Harbors
218-834-5242
mile 36.8

High quality, reasonably priced, handmade woodcrafts! Scott and Troy are experienced Craftsmen whom take pride in the making of their wood products. We offer the best in Laser Etched Signs, Birch Bark Furniture and many other projects. We are happy to do custom projects and give free consultations and/or estimates. C

2777 Highway 61 | Two Harbors
218-830-8735
mile 37.0

Locally Handmade Arts & Crafts We display and sell the products of over 55 area artisans who take pride in the quality and originality of their handmade art & craft.  As our membership increases, so does the diversity of our inventory.  The majority of our members are talented senior citizens!

2821 Minnesota 61 | Two Harbors
218-834-4175
mile 51.1

Fabrics, books, patterns, supplies and gorgeous handmade quilts. Gifts, too.

1009 Main Street | Beaver Bay
218-226-6406
mile 82.5

Handcrafted baskets made at the shop. NEW! Baskets and jewelry featuring Lake Superior rocks and driftwood. Unique gifts made ‘on the shore.’ Lake Superior rock and beach glass buttons.  Now Offering - basket and weaving classes.

7197 Co Rd 29 | Tofte
218-663-7557
mile 91.9

Offering engagement ring services, design, re-design, repair, or custom creation that you or a loved one can cherish for years to come. You dream it - Steve will create it. Store also showcases other local artists and unique gifts.

5339 MN 61 | Lutsen
218-370-9648
thomsonite beach jewelry
mile 103.7

Mother Nature’s contribution to our amazing piece of property lies in the “Thomsonite gemstone” embedded in our shoreline.  Unique in its presence and beauty, we hope it will encourage lasting memories of your time spent relaxing on our shoreline, listening to the waves, breathing in the fresh air of the North Shore, sitting by a campfire, watching the sun rise or sun set over the Sawtooth Mountain range.  Or a visit to our Thomsonite Gemstone/Jewelry and gift shop, located in our office, will allow you to find the perfect souvenir.

2920 W Highway 61 | Grand Marais
218-387-1532
mile 109.3

Offering diverse coursework ranging from sausage making to timber framing. Handcrafted, unique gift items including hand woven birch bark baskets, traditional rosemaling, nalbound hats and mittens. Get inspired by our large collection of craft books. Campus tours offered on weekends.

500 W Highway 61 | Grand Marais
888-387-9762
mile 109.5

Non-profit art center offering year-round art classes, studio access, and events for all skill levels from novice to professional artist. Visit the Gallery Store featuring local artists and instructors. Check out exhibits and get a tour of printmaking, glass, ceramics and 2D art studios.

120 3rd Ave W | Grand Marais
218-387-2737
joy and co grand marais
mile 109.7

Featuring the work of local artists and craftsmen in a historic building. Housing a shared Maker’s Space, Nordic Wooden Ware, and the definitive source for art supplies. Create - Connect - Collaborate. Serving Indie Makers and Entrepreneurs.

16 1st Ave W | Grand Marais
218-387-1004
Betsy Bowen Gallery and Studios
mile 109.7

We are a small family-based printmaking operation. We make woodblock prints by hand, pictures of recognizable scenes mostly from the northwoods. Many of these appear as illustrations in books for children and adults. The printmaking studio and gallery is housed in a historic church, selling the current editions of hand-printed woodcuts, as well as the work of local and regional artists.

301 1st Ave W | Grand Marais
218-387-1992
mile 109.7

Sivertson Gallery is a destination for art on the North Shore, exhibiting the work of over 60 regional artists in addition to Canadian Inuit and Alaskan Native Art. The gallery focuses on Art of the North inspired 2D, 3D and jewelry that reflects the distinct character of Lake Superior.

14 W Wisconsin St | Grand Marais
218-387-2491
mile 109.7

Find a wide variety of wall art, ceramics, jewelry gifts, crafts and books that all reflect the beauty, culture, and allure of the North Shore of Lake Superior. From locally made ceramic mugs, amusing prints of feisty forest animals, books ideal for north woods children, and striking gemstone jewelry, we promise to have something for everyone.

12 First Ave West |
mile 109.7

The Arrowhead Center for the Arts celebrates and promotes the arts, artists, and the uniquely creative culture of Minnesota's North Shore and Arrowhead regions. The Arrowhead Center for the Arts is a managed by the school. The Center serves the community and visitors with theatre, music, and an eclectic array of year-round cultural events.

51 West 5th Street | Grand Maris
218-387-1284
mile 109.7

The North Shore Music Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and supporting musical arts and musicians in northeast Minnesota with a focus on entertainment, education and cultural enrichment.

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais
218-387-1272
mile 109.7

The Grand Marais Playhouse is a non-profit community theater dedicated to offering high quality theater and educational opportunities. We value artistic challenge, diversity, community and collaboration. We believe that theater arts enrich the lives of our citizens, enhance the education of our children, strengthen the economic stability of our community and make Cook County a better place to live.

51 West 5th Street | Grand Marais
218-387-1284
mile 109.8

Working artist studios, demos, watercolor lessons. Local Minnesotan and Canadian artists. Lots of Northwoods images and handcrafted work.

8 N Broadway | Grand Marais
218-387-2044

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